to consent to cut off the entail of the Newcastle estate. The fool immediately wrote to his wife, to beg she would return to him from Lord Berkeley7; that he had got so much money, and now they might live comfortably; but she will not live comfortably: she is at Lord Berkeley's house, whither go divers after her. Lady Townshend told me ...8 an admirable history; it is of our friend Eady Pomfret. Somebody that belonged to the Prince of Wales said, they were going to Court; it was objected that they ought to say, going to Carlton House; that the only Court is where the King resides. Lady P. with her paltry air of significant learning and absurdity, said, ' Oh Lord ! is there no Court in England, but the King's ? sure, there are many more ! There is the Court of Chancery, the Court of Exchequer, the Court of King's Bench, &c.' Don't you love her? Lord Lincoln does her daughter: he is come over, and met her the other night: he turned pale, spoke to her several times in the evening, but not long, and sighed to me at going away. He came over all alive; and not only his Uncle-Duke9, but even Majesty is fallen in love with him. He talked to the King at his levee, without being spoken to. That was always thought high treason; but I don't know how, the gruff gentleman liked it; and then he had been told that Lord Lincoln designed to have made the campaign, if we had gone to war ; in short, he says, Lord Lincoln is the handsomest man in England.
I believe I told you that Vernon's birthday passed quietly, but it was not designed to be pacific; for at twelve at night, eight gentlemen, dressed like sailors, and masked, went round Covent Garden with a drum, beating up for a volunteer mob; but it did not take; and they retired to a great supper that was prepared for them at the Bedford
7 Augustus Berkeley (1716-1765), fourth Earl of Berkeley.
8 Passage omitted.
9 The Duke of Newcastle.